Camille Bullock

MFA Student, Acting

2010 Alumni

Biography

Journalism and Theater Studies, 2010
Columbus, Ohio
MFA student at Ohio State University

Since Emory

In my first two years since graduating Emory, I moved to the Mississippi Delta as a corps member for Teach for America, teaching first and third grades at Rosser Elementary in Moorhead, Miss. While there, I started an after school theater program called STAGE (Student Theater Advancing Growth and Empowerment – say that five times fast) which was basically a weekly class on acting, character development, and script reading/writing.

Current activities

During my second year of teaching, I started applying to graduate programs and this August, I will start a three-year MFA program in Acting at the Ohio State University. The program is ensemble-based, with an emphasis on the creation of new work.

Highlights at Emory

Everything about theater at Emory was a highlight! Productions that stand out as my favorites include Don Juan Comes Back from the War, English Made Simple (part of The Comedy of David Ives) and Miss Julie x 3. I feel like I really grew so much as an actor during each show and I cherish the relationships I developed with students, faculty and staff. There’s a certain closeness in the theater department that you really don’t find in other academic settings on campus. As far as academics, Tim McDonough’s Speeches and Monologues class was a course that completely changed my perception of what theater was. What had once been more of a self-indulgent diversion had transformed into something I relished studying. For the first time, acting was more than remembering your cues and getting a laugh. Tim broke it down into tiny technical elements, all of which had to meld seamlessly to produce a compelling, convincing performance. 

In retrospect

Based on the diversity in course offerings and requirements of the major, I definitely think I left with a very holistic appreciation for theater, which has served me well. Both of the graduate programs I was choosing between were interdisciplinary and I think that’s an interest that started with my well-rounded undergrad education.  Additionally, I think Emory professors practice and preach theater etiquette, respect, and professionalism. I am proud to say that after working in that environment, I highly value those tenets and carry them with me wherever I go.